Janice St Fort, the mother of Rio and Anton
Ferdinand has died after a battle with cancer.
The 58-year-old passed away in hospital with
her family at her bedside.
This sad news comes just two years, after former Manchester United defender Rio lost his wife to breast cancer.
"We are heartbroken to announce that our amazing mum Janice passed away today after an ongoing battle with cancer.
"She was an inspiration to us all and was loved by everyone who knew her. She died at Guy's Cancer Unit, London Bridge Hospital, with her loving husband Peter and us, her four children, at her bedside.
"She was a devoted mother to us all, and she
was the most incredible grandmother to our
"The whole family are devastated. Our mum
was the centre and the heart of our family and has supported us all through many difficult times, always with a smile on her face. Her strength and courage, as well as her great sense of humour and immense kindness, were never-ending.
"We would like to thank all the staff at Guy's
Cancer Unit for looking after our mum so well
during her illness especially Marta and Joanna
as well as everyone who has sent kind wishes
to us all during this difficult time," a statement released by the family read.